Frida and Diego; Diego and Frida. The names are as interchangeable as they are synonymous with the ultimate creative partnership. Self destructive, passionate, immortal; Frida and Diego are like the Patron Saints of the Creative Couples Project.
Diego famously said of Frida:
“I recommend her to you, not as a husband but as an enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly’s wing, lovable as a beautiful smile and cruel as the bitterness of life”. (1.)
This typifies what creative couples do; inspire and support each other. The love itself was forged in the midst of doubt and scorn; nobody thought it would last as the eternal playboy Diego had a reputation for being unable to keep his creativity in his pants. Ultimately theirs was a love which led to creative ways of living together. That is, by living apart. In 1933 the couple lived in a pair of houses joined by a bridge. However, it is the Casa Azul, the Blue House, which became the creative space and now museum, we shall forever associate with the creative legacy of Diego and Frida. Here at the Casa Azul, where Frida ultimately passed away in 1954, the lovers live on in the verdant gardens and vibrant walls. In this love they created a revolution with paint and brush.
(1) Christina Burrus 2008 Frida Kahlo, Thames & Hudson